BACK TO A BRIGHT FUTURE: America 1955 vs. America 2015


ROMNEY WORDSWORTH-  In the movie Back to the Future II, Marty McFly travels from October 1985 to today, October 21, 2015

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He previously went back in time to the year 1955 in the first Back to the Future movie.


If you could jump into a time travelling DeLorean taxi, would you rather live in the America of 1955 or the America of 2015?  Has the United States changed for the better over the last 60 years?  Many fondly remember the 1950’s as the “golden age” of America.  We emerged from World War II as the wealthiest and most powerful nation on the planet.  During that time period, just about anyone that wanted to get a job could find a job and the U.S. middle class was the largest and most prosperous in the world.  Back in 1955, America was still considered to be a “land of opportunity” and the economy was growing and robust.  There was less crime, there was less divorce, the American people had much less debt and the world seemed a whole lot less crazy.  Most of the rest of the world deeply admired us and wanted to be more like us. 

There was no Internet back in 1955.  Instead of being able to go online and read the articles that you wanted to read, your news would have been almost entirely controlled by the big media companies of the day.  So there are definitely some advantages that we have today that they did not have back in 1955.  But not all of the changes have been for the better.  America is under assault by radicals who wish to destroy it. 

So which version of America would you rather live in?

America 1955 vs. America 2015 – you make the call….

In 1955, a gallon of gasoline cost about 27 cents.

In 2015, a gallon of gasoline costs $1.90.

In 1955, you could buy a first-class stamp for just 3 cents.

In 2015, a first-class stamp will cost you 49 cents.

In 1955, more than 80 percent of all men were employed.

In 2015, less than 65 percent of all men are employed.

In 1955, the average duration of unemployment was about 12 weeks.

In 2015, the average duration of unemployment is over 40 weeks.

In 1955, the average family spent about 22% of its income on housing.

In 2015, the average family spends about 43% of its income on housing.

In 1955, gum chewing and talking in class were some of the major disciplinary problems in our schools.

In 2015, making a gun shape with your finger and thumb gets students hauled away in handcuffs by police. 

In 1955, mothers decided what their children would eat for lunch.

In 2015, a power mad, fascist First Lady decides what your children can eat for lunch, and it looks like prison food.

In 1955, the tax burden was low enough that an average middle class family could live on one income.  Mothers were free to stay home with their children and there was no need for daycare.

In 2015, 71% of American workers make less than $50,000 a year, the minimum needed to support a family of four in a middle class lifestyle.  Government offers to subsidize daycare at ever younger ages, while the Statists hope you don’t remember that their high taxes have caused the need for daycare in the first place.

In 1955, the United States was #1 in GDP per capita in the world.

In 2015, the United States is #15 in GDP per capita in the world.

In 1955, redistribution of wealth was considered to be something that “the communists” did.

In 2015, the U.S. government redistributes more wealth than anyone else in the world.

In 1955, about 13 million Americans had manufacturing jobs and manufacturing accounted for about 54% of the economy.

In 2015, less than 12 million Americans have manufacturing jobs even though our population has more than doubled since 1955.  Manufacturing is now only 8.8% of our economy.

In 1955, the entire U.S. military was mobilized to protect the borders of South Korea.

In 2015, the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada are wide open and now there are 1.4 million gang members living inside the United States.

In 1955, there were about 2 million people living in Detroit and it was one of the greatest cities on earth.

In 2015, there are about 713,777 people living in Detroit and it has become synonymous with a desolate, crumbling wasteland, and a symbol of Democrat Party mismanagement and corruption.

In 1955, the median age at first marriage was about 22 for men and about 20 for women.

In 2015, the median age at first marriage is about 28 for men and about 26 for women.

Back in 1955, about 71 percent of all American adults were married.

In 2015, only about 50 percent of all American adults are married.

In 1955, many Americans dressed up in suits and dresses before getting on an airplane.

In 2015, security goons grope and sexually assault us before they are allowed to get on to an airplane.

In 1955, each retiree’s Social Security benefit was paid for by 16 workers.

In 2015, each retiree’s Social Security benefit is paid for by approximately 2.1 workers.

In 1955, many Americans regularly left their cars and the front doors of their homes unlocked.

In 2015, many Americans live with steel bars on their windows and gun sales are at record highs.

In 1955, the American people had a great love for the U.S. Constitution.

In 2015, if you are “reverent of individual liberty and the Constitution”, you get labeled as a potential terrorist by the U.S. government.

In 1955, the United States loaned more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.

In 2015, the United States owes more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.

In 1955, the U.S. national debt was about 257 billion dollars.

In 2015, the U.S. national debt is 59 times larger. It is currently sitting at a grand total of $18 trillion.  Surely our children and our grandchildren will thank us for that.

So is America 2015 a better version than America 1955 was?

Have we made progress since then or are we going backwards?